Fearing Freedom: The Intellectual and Spiritual Challenge to Liberalism

17 Pages Posted: 23 May 2013  

Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 21, 2013

Abstract

In “The Soul of Classical Liberalism” (2000), James Buchanan argues that modern advocates of the liberal order must move beyond the mid-20th century project of “saving the books” and “saving the ideas” and instead embrace the challenge of “saving the soul” of liberalism. The prospects for establishing a genuine liberal order turn on capturing the intellectual imagination of a significant segment of the population. This paper examines the themes Buchanan raises in three essays that focus our attention on these critical issues; they are “The Potential and Limits of Socially Organized Humankind” (1988); “The Soul of Classical Liberalism” (2000); and “Afraid to Be Free” (2005).

Keywords: James Buchanan, classical liberalism

JEL Classification: B31, P16

Suggested Citation

Boettke, Peter J., Fearing Freedom: The Intellectual and Spiritual Challenge to Liberalism (May 21, 2013). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 13-13 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2268204 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2268204

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